27 Club

The 27 Club is that infamous list of extremely talented and popular musicians who all died at twenty-seven years of age. There are currently forty-nine known members of the club, (which is listed below). These deaths at a young age were often caused by drug or alcohol overdoses although some were more nefarious, caused by murder, suicide, or freak accident. Although scientific statistics state that there is no significant risk of death at specifically age twenty-seven for musicians, studies do show that musicians within their twenties and thirties have an increased risk of death.

The origin of the 27 Club goes back to the end of the peace and love era, when Alan Wilson, Brian Jones, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Jim Morrison all died between 1969 and 1971 at age twenty-seven. At that time the press made no note of the age commonality between them. Almost twenty-five years later, twenty-seven year old Kurt Cobain committed suicide and suddenly the press had inducted him into this 27 Club. They took a quote from an interview with Cobain’s mother, who had said, "Now he's gone and joined that stupid club. I told him not to join that stupid club." She was referring to the suicides of his two uncles and his great uncle, but the press assumed she was referring to the other musicians who had all died at the same age.

PPcorn. (n.d.). Musicians Who Are Members of the 27 Club. Retrieved from www.ppcorn.com

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